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Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce

This recipe came at the recommendation of Katie, who recently made it and gave it two big thumbs up. Photo credit to Ian, who also gave it a resounding "YUM!"   I have a package of thighs thawing in the fridge that will soon be transformed into this rich, hearty (and keto-approved) dish.  It came from the Julia's Album site, which looks like it has lots of tasty recipes to try out. 
 

Ingredients

Chicken thighs

  • 4 chicken thighs , skin-on, bone-in
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning dried thyme, oregano

Mushroom sauce

  • 6 oz white mushrooms
  • 5 slices bacon cooked, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Season both sides of chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper and Italian herb seasoning mix (usually a combination of dried thyme, oregano and other herbs). Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken thighs skin-side down. Cook for about 5 minutes, on the skin side until nicely browned.
  3. Transfer chicken thighs, skin side up, to the foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until chicken thighs are completely cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
  4. In the mean time, make the mushrooms sauce: Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms (without salting - to ensure the mushrooms get caramelized) and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes flipping once. Add chopped cooked bacon to the skillet. Add heavy creamy, 1/8 teaspoon salt and snipped fresh thyme, bring to boil, stir, immediately reduce to simmer and simmer for about 2 minutes on very low heat for flavors to blend and sauce to reduce a bit. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  5. When chicken is done baking and chicken thighs are completely cooked through, add cooked chicken thighs to the skillet and spoon the sauce and the mushrooms on top of chicken thighs.

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